Selected by audition, our arts students major in dance, drama, film, music (band and strings), music theatre or visual arts. Students work with our committed staff in an exciting and dynamic curriculum tailored to each art.
Our academic curriculum offers a full range of courses while giving you the flexibility to be fully engaged in your arts major. The learning environment is vibrant, engaging, welcoming and extremely busy. In addition, we have a wide variety of extracurricular and intramural activities.
School runs on a two-day schedule with 4 periods a day. Each week is either week A, or week B, and based on which week it is, the 2 afternoon classes are switched in order to ensure a student does not miss the same class every week for rehearsals or appointments.
The Student Services Department consists of four counsellors and two special education teachers. Student Services assist students in transitions both from elementary to secondary and from secondary to college, university and the world of work by offering specific programs throughtout the year. Student Services supports students in a variety of ways: individual counseling, educational planning, and facilitating post-secondary liaisons.
Each student is assigned a counselor, but every student is welcome to seek help from any counselor regarding educational opportunities, career planning, study habits, course selections, tutor lists and personal concerns.
If a student is experiencing difficulty with school work, it is recommended that he/she meet with the classroom teacher for extra help. All of ESA’s teachers are available for extra help – each has their own schedule and most meet students by appointment.
Another option to support a student who is having difficulty in a subject like math, theory, science, English or French, is peer tutoring. In consultation with the teachers, guidance counsellors draw up a tutor list from the grade 10-12 student population. These tutors are available to students who may require extra help in a given subject area. Tutoring occurs either at lunch or before or after school for approximately 45 minutes a session. The tutors are paid $10 per session or earn community service hours for their tutoring services. In addition to the Peer Tutoring program, the Student Services Department also has a list of tutors and tutoring agencies.
Parents are asked to check the references of all tutors before they meet with the student. Students who need tutoring should make an appointment with their counsellor at Student Services to explore their options.
All our performances and community events are hot tickets. Our students participate in many music concerts, drama productions, dance shows, film shows and visual arts exhibitions throughout the school year. Main events often run for three nights to sold-out audiences. Students are committed to the performance schedule. Our students rehearse at school for many hours beyond the school day. It’s a dynamic, creative world where our students practice, perform and create on their own, in small or large groups throughout the school.
The Student Council is the student government at ESA. The Council is elected in May and meetings are held regularly. Grade 9 representatives are elected in September. The purchase of Student Activity Cards makes it possible for the Student Council to sponsor various activities and projects in the school that directly benefits students.
Clubs and Special Interest Groups
Beyond arts and athletic activities, our students get involved in student council, KOWS (kids offering willing support), Black history month, solstice, Christian fellowship, ECO schools, ESA ambassadors and Goatstock.
Our student-run athletic council supports numerous sports. Intramural sport offerings are decided based on student interest. We have a common lunch hour so that all students can participate in intramural activities. Most recently, we have offered: Badminton, Dodge Ball, Floor Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Table Tennis, Touch Football, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.
We compete in the West Region of the TDSSAA in the following sports: Cross Country, Swimming, Track and Field, Tennis, Hockey, Slo Pitch, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Volleyball, Ski & Snowboarding, Soccer and Golf. ESA has developed a strong history of competitive teams, including a recent run of championships: Hockey 2004, 2005, 2006; Sr. Girls Basketball 2008; Girls Slo-Pitch 2008; Jr. Girls Swimming 2008; Boys Baseball 2008, 2009; Snowboarding 2010.